Everyone expecting new 3DSware, WiiWare or DSiware releases today was probably met with a little disappointment. Nintendo announced that they are changing the day of their downloadable releases from Monday to Thursday, shaking things up a bit due to the launch of the 3DS eShop. It's a shame, Nintendo's downloadable service releases always made my Mondays just a tad bit better. Don't forget to get your free copy of Excitebike 3D!
Starting June 5th Nintendo's DS Lite will be on sale for $99, making the 3DS an even harder sell than it already is. It's not that I don't like the system, quite the opposite, but I don't feel as though it should be as expensive as it is. Anyway, Nintendo also announced that all of Mario's games available for the DS will now come in red boxes, making it even easier for fans to just buy Nintendo games than it already was.
Nintendo of America has hired Scott Moffitt as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, filling the role that Cammie Dunaway vacated. Before landing this gig he worked at Pepsico and then Henkel Consumer Goods. If I remember correctly Iwata stated Pepsi as an inspiration for his "blue ocean" strategy. If Pepsi couldn't beat Coke in the cola department they had to diversify their offerings to compete, which is exactly what lead Nintendo to success with the DS and Wii. I can't wait to see what Mr. Moffit brings to the table at Nintendo's e3 conference this year, now confirmed for 9a.m. PST June 7 at LA's Nokia Theatre.
Nintendo is still making them but Gamestop isn't selling them. In an effort to bolster 3DS sales Gamestop has decided not to order any more stock of the DS lite after their current supply runs out. A bit odd, considering the 3DS is in no danger of being a failure. If that were the case they should have stopped selling the PS2 the moment the PS3 came out. Oh well, what do I care if Gamestop throws away money. They should have no problem moving 3DS units when long awaited games like Ocarina of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D and a proper Mario title come out.
01. Pokémon White Version (NDS)
02. Pokémon Black Version (NDS)
03. Homefront (360, PS3, PC)
04. Dragon Age II (360, PS3, PC)
05. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, NDS, Wii, PC)
06.Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC)
07. Crysis 2 (360, PS3, PC)
08. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC)
09. MLB 11: The Show (PS3, PSP, PS2)
10. Fight Night Champion (360, PS3)
Nintendo DS - 460,000
Nintendo 3DS - Just Under 400,000
Wii - 290k
Xbox 360 - 433,000
A week prior to the game's release on Xbox 360 and PS3, Ubisoft has revealed that Michael Jackson: The Experience has sold 3 million copies globally on the Wii, DS and PSP. The HD versions of the game will feature upgraded graphics, some new songs and full body tracking on Kinect. The game didn't play all that well before and given my prior experience with Kinect dancing games I can't say I am confident that the peripheral is going to help all that much. Maybe we should give Ubisoft the benefit of the doubt and believe that they somehow managed to pull off something on Dance Central's level, but chances are that isn't going to happen.
Nintendo is releasing the next wave of Pokémon games upon the world, just weeks before the release of their new handheld. Pokémon Black & White attempt to level the playing field by introducing 150 completely new critters, meaning that everyone starts out on equal footing. None of the older favorites are accessible until the game has been completed. Sure, series fans will be able to exploit the same rock, paper, scissors weakness system, but this is an interesting attempt at keeping things fresh. Also new to the series are 3 on 3 battles and rotation battles, adding an extra level of strategy to the mix. Pokémon is still just as popular as ever in Japan- Black and White currently holds the record for the fastest DS game to reach 5 million copies sold. We'll see if America is still in a Poké frenzy when the game launches tomorrow.
Sega did really well in 2010. In the first 9 months of their fiscal year, ending December 31, 2010, sales were up by 8.7 percent for a total of $3.8 billion and profit rose up by 118.2 per cent for a total of 772 million. 1.48 million software units were sold on Xbox 360 divided by 11 different SKUs, PSP sold 1.44 million divided by 11 SKUs, the Wii accounted for 1.42 million units across 9 SKUs, DS brought in 1.34 million units across 9 SKUs and the PS3 managed 1.13 million units across 7 SKUs. Other interesting numbers include Sonic Colors selling 1,850,000 between the Wii and the DS and Vanquish selling 820,000 units between the Xbox 360 and PS3.
To take a look at the financial report yourself click here.
Atlus has released several new screenshots of their highly anticipated Nintendo DS JRPG Radiant Historia. This epic tale filled with political intrigue and deep characters will be in stores February 22. I know these screenshots have gotten me excited! Also remember that each launch copy of Radiant Historia comes with a CD featuring piano arrangements from composer Yoko Shimomura's musical score, sweetening the deal even more.
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New 3DS details have emerged from the Nintendo World 2011 event. While the system's price still hasn't been announced, its Japanese launch lineup of 8 games has been revealed. The games that will be available for the Japanese launch on February 26 include: